Well, after 12+ years of collecting these little boxes that I might use "someday", I am finally figuring out how to give them new life! I hope to share many different ideas; here is my first.
I kept the boxes my engagement ring and wedding band came in, thinking they were just too pretty to throw away. I wanted to do something sentimental with them, and display them somehow without looking junky. They reminded me a little of photo frames, and that seemed like a feasible option.
I had to rip out the padding so that photos could lay flat over each square opening. I thought about also ripping out the other piece that covers the hinge, but decided to leave it in.
I used E6000 glue to stick the two boxes together, and the drying time was pretty short.
I measured the squares and chose 4 portrait- oriented photos and resized them to fit the openings, which for this project was 1.5 x 1.75 inches. For sentimentality, I had to choose one photo from the day we were engaged, where my husband was actually holding the ring box- it seemed only fitting. The rest are from right after we were married, and from our reception.
I glued each photo over the square opening, and let it dry. I kind of wish now that I hadn't left the white strip that covers the hinges, but not enough to rip the whole thing apart and start over.
For now, my little frame will live on top of my computer desk.
This idea works well if you have 2 identical ring boxes, but you could still use just one with cute results! I am going to tweak the idea a little more with some of my other gazillion boxes and see what I can come up with. I would love to see pictures if anyone else tries this (or some other way of recycling a ring box)!